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Official: Syria-Iraq Border Security Basic

Syria’s security at its border with Iraq remains basic, relying on guards who lack night-vision equipment needed to stop militants crossing to fight U.S. forces in Iraq, a British defense official said Monday at this desert frontier post. Syrian authorities gave journalists a rare tour of border areas Monday to tout improvements in security measures as U.S. forces on the other side waged the latest offensives against insurgents believed to have entered from Syria. Damascus is under intense pressure from Washington and Baghdad to tighten control of its porous border. A giant picture of President Bashar Assad looked over a bleak desert landscape and several hundred trucks waited to cross at Tanaf, one of the main posts along the 360- mile frontier with Iraq. Full Story

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